Cubans threaten to riot

Police were called to the Immigration Reception Centre at Fairbanks after a report that Cubans being held there were threatening a disturbance on Thursday.

‘The Cuban detainees had some issues to complain about and were threatening to riot,’ said a spokesperson for the Royal Cayman Islands Police on Friday.

Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson on Friday said that Immigration, Police and Prison officers had attended the George Town centre after a report was received that the Cubans were threatening to burn down the facility.

‘The Cubans complained that they were not getting information on when they would be returned to Cuba,’ Mr. Manderson said in a statement to the Caymanian Compass.

‘We are surprised at this complaint given the fact that a contingent of senior government officials visited the group just three days earlier and addressed similar complaints, and the Cubans had received a visit from an immigration officer just a few hours earlier,’ said Mr. Manderson.

‘It is indeed regrettable that the Cubans choose to behave in this fashion and hopefully they will refrain from doing so in the future,’ he said.

‘Immigration officers will continue to visit the Cubans on a regular basis and provide them with any updates on the status of their requests to return home,’ he added.

The RCIP said that the situation at the centre on Thursday had been resolved by police on the scene.

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